POTEAU–Sharpen your spelling skills and join in on a night of fun and prizes. Teams are forming for the 14th Annual LCLC Adult Spelling Bee April 19 at 6 p.m. at Kiamichi Technology Center.
Literacy Council of LeFlore County Coordinator Laura Young has been busy making arrangements for the venue, recruiting teams and gathering sponsors for the event. All of the money raised from the spelling bee stays in LeFlore County to help pay for student and teacher books, supplies and other operational expenses for the program. LCLC offers free one-on-one tutoring for undereducated persons in LeFlore County.
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The Adult Spelling Bee is always a great night of entertainment. KTCS radio personality Maverick of the Breakfast Brothers will again be the emcee/pronouncer for the evening.
“We have enjoyed Maverick every year he has been with us and look forward to his participation again,” Young said. “He is a great friend to LCLC and is there to help us out with whatever we ask.”
Registration is $100 per three-member team (this includes unlimited drinks and popcorn for the contestants). The LCLC Adult Spelling Bee follows the same basic rules as the Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee. Each team will receive a copy of those rules and a set of Practice Words when they sign up.
“Providing a list of practice words was something that had been done in previous years and the team members liked having them,” Young said. “Although we cannot guarantee that any of those words will be a part of the contest, it is a good study guide.”
Each team will designate a captain who will be responsible for providing the final answer for each word asked of them. LCLC provides pencils and paper for each team member to use during the competition. If a team wishes to pass on a word, they must purchase a mulligan at $20 each. Only three mulligans may be used by any team during the contest.
Teams are encouraged to bring their cheerleaders to cheer them on as the competition gets tougher. Guests, cheerleaders and other spectators will be charged $2 for admission, which includes one drink and popcorn.
In addition, numerous door prizes will be provided for everyone attending. Tickets for door prizes will be $1 each or six for $5. There will be lots of books and games for all ages and many other items donated by area merchants.
Anyone interested in signing up a team should contact Young at (918) 647-3833. She may also be reached via email at [email protected]. Or stop by the office at Buckley Public Library, 408 Dewey in Poteau.